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    American Motorcycle Training offers Rider Courses onboard NAS Pensacola

    American Motorcycle Training offers Rider Courses onboard NAS Pensacola

    Photo By Joshua Cox | Eric Kruizenga, an instructor with American Motorcycle Training (right), coaches Basic...... read more read more



    Story by Joshua Cox 

    Naval Air Station Pensacola

    Motorcycle riding season is in high gear in the Gulf Coast region, and motorcycle training is critical for those eager to hit the open road to enjoy the spring weather on two wheels.

    Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience. It’s all about the sights, the smells, the wind and camaraderie among riders. Motorcycle safety and training is an integral part of owning and riding a bike, and it’s a requirement for servicemembers across the Navy.

    Free, specialized motorcycle training provided by American Motorcycle Training (AMT) is available onboard NAS Pensacola for active duty personnel who desire to ride.

    “American Motorcycle Training has trained over 100,000 students over the past 17 years providing the best training for safe and enjoyable riding,” said Jay Spendley, AMT region manager Navy Region Southeast (NRSE). “We provide training through contracts with the Navy, Marine Corps and select Air Force Installations.”

    AMT offers the Basic RiderCourse (BRC), Basic RiderCourse 2 (BRC2), and the Advanced RiderCourse (ARC).

    The courses available onboard NAS Pensacola are conducted at the motorcycle training range on Corry Station. Entry-level motorcycles are provided by AMT during the Basic RiderCourse only.

    “The Basic RiderCourse is a Level I course designed for the new rider or a rider needing a motorcycle endorsement on their license,” said Spendley. “It introduces them to the components of the motorcycle and the basics of how to operate a motorcycle safely, as well as safe interaction with traffic and other situations that will require their full attention.”

    Spendley said the Basic RiderCourse consists of a combination of classroom and range on-cycle instruction over the course of two days, with a one-hour lunch break provided both days.

    The Basic RiderCourse 2 is a one-day course conducted entirely on the motorcycle training range, Spendley said.

    “It consists of nine riding exercises with group discussions woven in by design to facilitate the development of both the physical and mental riding skills necessary to be a safe motorcyclist,” he said.

    Spendley said the Advanced RiderCourse is a one-day course consisting of approximately 3.5 hours of classroom and 4.5 hours of motorcycle range time, with a one-hour lunch break provided.

    The Basic RiderCourse is required for active duty Sailors who desire to operate a motorcycle in accordance with the current OPNAVINST. Active duty and reserve servicemembers should contact their command Motorcycle Safety Representative (MSR) with any specific questions regarding required training.

    NAS Pensacola personnel should contact Dan Buechler with the NAS Pensacola safety office at 850-452-4823 to register for a course. Personnel from tenant commands onboard NAS Pensacola should contact their respective command’s Motorcycle Safety Representative or safety office to register. Another way to register is through the Enterprise Safety Application Management System (ESAMS).

    Spendley said DoD civilians, retirees along with dependents of active duty service members are authorized to take the course on a “stand-by” basis. Priority enrollment is given to active duty, national guard, and reservists.

    “There are various techniques learned in all the classes, and all important depending on the riding situation,” Spendley said. “Some of the most vital physical lifesaving skills taught are quick stops and swerving. Among the most significant mental skills we work on are perception and use of the eyes. Used together, these mental and physical skills provide riders with a high degree of expertise to help prevent bad situations from happening while riding.”

    Spendley said attending riding classes regularly can really keep riders on the top of their game.

    “Classes on base are free and even if it’s a class you’ve attended before you are sure to pick up something new or improve your current skills,” he added.



    Date Taken: 04.12.2021
    Date Posted: 04.12.2021 09:13
    Story ID: 393607
    Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US 

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